Well, May 14 must have been the day for all the nuts to be let loose in public schools (or at least reporting on it). On that same day, WorldNetDaily.com reported that the family of twelve-year-old girl who says she was traumatized when her teacher showed the film Brokeback Mountain featuring love scenes with homosexual cowboys is suing the Chicago Board of Education for $500,000. A substitute teacher told eighth-grade students at Ashburn Community Elementary School, "What happens in Ms. Buford’s class stays in Ms. Buford’s class," after showing the R-rated movie, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. According to reports, the student, Jessica Turner, claims she suffered psychological distress after watching the movie, which stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who fall in love and includes love scenes between the two men and between the men and their wives. Turner’s grandfather and guardian, Kenneth Richardson told the Chicago Tribune, "It is very important to me that my children not be exposed to this. The teacher knew she was not supposed to do this. … It’s like I told the principal, she should have better control over her teachers." The suit names Ashburn Principal Jewel Diaz and the substitute teacher, known only in the complaint as Ms. Buford, as well as the board, and alleges negligence, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Richardson told the Tribune his granddaughter was traumatized after watching the movie and told him, "They made me watch this bad movie." In the fall of 2005, he says he complained to Diaz about reading material that included curse words. "This was the last straw," Richardson said of Brokeback. Like many others, I am appalled at the lawsuit-happy nature of our modern society, but there are some instances like this where I hope that the girl’s family sues the pants off the school district and wins! There’s no excuse for this kind of propaganda and indoctrination going on in public schools, and, again, I’m so happy that my children don’t have to be exposed to it–just another among many of the reasons to keep your kids at home where they can be protected from such foolishness. I would suggest that you read "Brokeback Mountain: Rape of the Marlboro Man," David Kupelian’s eye-opening review of this "gay cowboy movie" at http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE)_ID=48076 . David Kupelian is the vice president and managing editor of WorldNetDaily.com and Whistleblower magazine, and author of the best-selling book, The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom.
You may have already heard about this by now, but on May 14, 2007, WorldNetDaily.com reported that faculty members in a Tennessee school district staged a phony gun attack on 69 sixth-grade students from Scales Elementary in Murfreesboro who were on a week-long trip led by Assistant Principal Don Bartch at Fall Creek Falls, a state park in Tennessee– repeatedly telling the children it was not a drill – while the kids cried and took shelter under tables. A newspaper report said, "A teacher wearing a hooded sweatshirt pulled on a locked door, pretending to be a suspicious subject in the area. The students were told to lie on the floor or crawl underneath tables and keep quiet." The newspaper quoted 11-year-old Shay Naylor, who told of the children crying as the lights went out, and some were holding hands and shaking. The teachers who staged this attack on their students for a "prank" or a "learning experience," depending upon the explanation, should be fired as an example, critics are saying. One blogger wrote, "What type of response would the Boy Scouts of America or a church youth group have gotten if their leadership had embarked on such a ‘prank?’ I wonder how the parents of those children involved can consider leaving these teachers and administrators in charge of any decision making matters in the future?" The school, while it initially described the circumstances as a prank, later in the same document called it a "learning experience." One reader of the Tennessean site wasn’t going to be satisfied with that. "In a letter posted by the school it says… ‘Throughout the week, the students had been anticipating a typical campfire ‘prank’ from the teachers’ and ‘The lead teacher made comments about this coming ‘prank’ on several occasions that week.’ Then it said ‘the staff used this incident as a teaching opportunity.’ What was it, a ‘prank’ or a ‘teaching opportunity?’" the reader asked. "My question is this. If the students knew that a ‘prank’ was coming, why were some in fear for their life? Why is this whole situation now being turned into a ‘learning opportunity?’ he continued. "The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them," Brandy Cole, whose son was part of the class, told the newspaper. Alisha Graves’ son was on the trip, and she said it was not good. "Those kids were crying, and they were terrified." Barbara Corbetta said the details matched in all of the stories the children told their parents – kids of the floor crying and begging for their lives. Kathry Sherrod, a psychologist who works with kids, said there could be trauma from such an event. "That’s too close to real. It’s important for teachers and school administrators to realize they have a degree of trust with children. When you play a prank of that nature, you run the risk of losing that trust," she said. But parents and others already had announced their verdict – and judgment. "I don’t know if they’re totally stupid or just plain cruel, but either way they all deserve to be fired," said a Tennessean reader. As the blogger noted, how can any of these teachers and administrators ever be trusted again to work with children? I’m so glad that our children learn in the safety of their own home and with other homeschoolers of godly principles rather than in public school situations where crazy things like this go on. An updated report on WDN the following day said that lead teacher, Mr. Quentin Mastin, and assistant Principal, Don Bartch, have been suspended for about two weeks for unprofessional conduct and neglect of duty due to actions taken with Scales Elementary School students on May 10, 2007, at Fall Creek Falls State Park because they staged the attack. In one of their poll’s WDN asked if this is reason 312 that homeschooling is the answer!
On May 9, 2007, WorldNetDaily.com reported that Amazon.ca, the Canadian branch of Amazon.com, has offered to sell Eclectic Views On Gay Male Pornography: Pornucopia to an 8-year-old American student whose father is working temporarily in Canada, after she launched a search for "science videos." The girl’s father, Ken Chapman, said that he probably won’t be buying anything soon from Amazon.ca. Chapman said his family was planning a trip, and since his daughter would miss some school, he proposed getting some videos to run in the family car during the travel time. So she went to Amazon.ca and searched for "science videos." Of the three pages of selections returned one was Adult Videos and another was Eclectic Views on Gay Male Pornography: Pornucopia, both a hardback and paperback book. Chapman wrote Amazon.ca to ask about this apparent problem, and they replied with a note sounding very standard saying they don’t censor their materials, and will be inclusive of Gay material. "I understand that you feel very strongly about this issue. Let me assure you that Amazon.ca does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to choose his or her own reading material or entertainment," the e-mail said. "As a retailer, our goal is to provide customers with the broadest selection possible so they can find, discover, and buy any item they might be seeking. That selection includes some items which many people may find objectionable. Therefore, the items offered on our web site represent a wide spectrum of opinions on a variety of topics," it continued. "Amazon.ca believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable. Therefore, we will continue to make controversial works available in the Canada, United States and everywhere else, except where they are prohibited by law. We also allow readers, authors, and publishers to express their views freely about these titles and other products we offer on our web site. However, Amazon.ca does not endorse any opinions expressed by individual authors, musical artists, or filmmakers," the company said. The message was signed "Gulshan Sethi," but a followup request from Chapman generated no answer. Chapman said, "I replied back and asked how a science video search could return pornography. So far, no answers." A lot of homeschool families buy materials on Amazon.com, so beware!
This has nothing directly to do with homeschooling, but many Bible-believing homeschoolers are also involved in pro-life activities, and one of the problems that motivated many early homeschoolers was the promotion of abortion in the public schools. The fact is that one of the "idols" (and I mean that almost literally) of the postmodern humanist/feminist/leftist culture is the right to abortion. World Magazine, on May 12, 2007, reported that lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced companion bills to enshrine in federal law a woman’s "fundamental right" to abort a child after the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold a ban on partial-birth abortions. Jerrold Nadler (D.-NY), the House’s chief sponsor of the bill, said the measure is necessary because "we can no longer rely on the Supreme Court to protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose." Of course, since the abortion advocates have not been able to win in the electoral process, they have depended on the courts to uphold their agenda, but they may find out that he who lives by the courts might just also die by the courts. And what is this "constitutional right"? The Constitution says absolutely nothing about abortion. That is just a figment of their imagination! Of course, Rep. Nadler will never say that what he actually means by a "woman’s constitutional right to choose" is to kill her unborn baby. World Magazine noted, "With Democrats in control of Congress the measure could pass, but a Bush veto is almost certain." Pray for President Bush! At the same time, a number of new Democrats elected in 2006 claimed to be "pro-life." We shall see. Duncan Hunter (R.-CA) has introduced H. R. 618, the Life at Conception Act, which both establishes personhood for the unborn and also asserts Congressional authority to protect the right to life of every unborn child according to the 14th Amendment. Martin Fox of the National Pro-Life Alliance noted, "With many new Democrat members of Congress claiming to be ‘pro-life,’ we must hold their feet to the fire and demand true pro-life action," saying that pressure must be brought to bear on Democrats like Heath Shuler (D.-NC), Charlie Wilson (D.-OH), Joe Donnelly (D.-IN), Jason Altmire (D.-PA), and Chris Carney (D.-PA), all of whom were elected on pro-life platforms but have not cosponsored the Life at Conception Act as yet, and concluding, "Pro-lifers must now firmly remind them what so many abortion apologists have learned the hard way in past elections–that support for abortion-on-demand or failure to defend human life will not be tolerated." Will they just talk the talk to be elected, or will they actually walk the walk? That is the question!
On Thursday, May 3, 2007, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 1592: Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007. The Bush Administration has threatened a veto if the Senate also passes it. On May 7, 2007, Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman of the American Family Association, reported that "The Hate Crimes Act…gives homosexuals special rights not given to others. Homosexuals are considered a ‘protected class’ under the bill. An attempt was made to add senior citizens, pregnant women, prior victims, children under 18, the unborn, court witnesses and members of our armed forces to the bill, giving them the same ‘protected class’ given homosexuals. The Democrats defeated all amendments, reserving the ‘protected class’ for homosexuals only." What this means is that under the bill if someone attacked and beat up a Christian because he was a Christian, that person would be punished as the normal law prescribes (although there is a possibility that some leftist judge would throw the case out saying that the "Christian" probably had it coming to him). However, if a thief broke into your house and you injured him in trying to protect your family and your property, and if he was a homosexual, and if it could be proven that you had expressed an open opinion that homosexuality is a sin, then you might actually be arrested, tried, and given a punishment worse than what he would receive for breaking and entering because he would be of a "protected class." In fact, if the pro-homosexual rights people had their way, homeschool parents teaching their children that homosexuality is wrong because the Bible says so would be a "hate crime."
Mike Palm sent me the following. "Did you ever have a child make you proud and feel ashamed of your self at the same time? Not long ago the neighbor boy, who is seven, came over to play with my grandson, who is six. He brought some of his games for the Play Station 2. He said that one of them might not work because it was covered with smuts from his little brother (whatever smuts is). My daughter wiped it off and tried it and it did not work. My grandson said, ‘Let’s pray to God. He can make anything work.’ He then bowed his head and prayed. My daughter wiped it off again and tried it and it worked. My grandson then bowed his head and thanked God. How often do we do that? How many times do we ask God for some thing and when we receive it immediately thank Him for it? Matt. 18:3: ‘And said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’"
In her "Home Where They Belong" column of the The Homeschool Minute weekly e-newsletter (May 2, 2007) from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Gena Suarez, TOS Publisher, wrote, "What’s a ‘biblical worldview’ and why do we need one? You hear that a lot in homeschooling circles. Perhaps the phrase is over-used. I think in the Garden of Eden, it would have been a moot point; there was only one view there – God’s. To a Christian, there’s only one view – the one straight from God’s word. It’s the only option. The Bible is not subject to private interpretation; it says what it means and means what it says. We live in a fallen world and every day we encounter challenges, trials. How do we handle them? With our own personal opinions, feelings and subjective thoughts about the matter? Anyone can do that! And you’ll have a hundred different interpretations! Or do we go to His infallable, inerrant Word? All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly finished unto good works (2 Tim. 3:16-17). How much more plain can it get? We use Scripture as our ‘lens’ from which not only do we view but also live – 100% of what we do, say, feel and act upon must be governed by God’s word. This results in maturity in Christ. I pray for this over and over. Lord, make me more like You; I’ve not arrived (far from it) but Lord, make me like You! Just make me perfect like You! And you know what? Begging God for becoming like Him is not enough. Scream for it all you may, shout for wisdom from the rooftops, but it is all vain unless you are willing to obey. It starts with my obedience to His Word. If I love Him, I will obey Him (John 14:15). We literally have to give ourselves over to Him and die to self. His Word is not merely paper and ink; it’s life. The "secret" is to obey this Word….obeying Christ Himself. True wisdom starts with the fear of God (see Proverbs 1:7). Join me in reading the 14th chapter of John today for context. And have a wonderful, CHRIST-filled week. Let’s set our ‘view’ on His word – and then act upon it." (If you would like to subscribe to either TOS or the Homeschool Minute, you can email Gena at email@example.com ; phone TOS at 1.888.718.HOME; or visit their website at http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com .)